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On the move: 4/29/11


Ryan Letke has been hired by WeberMessick, of Baltimore, to work in its accounting and tax department with individual and corporate clients on income tax planning and compliance, and accounting and business consulting. Letke previously worked at Christopher J. Seling & Associates. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and studied further at Harford Community College and University of Maryland University College before receiving his CPA license.


Tina Pogliani has been hired as an associate by Cho Benn Holback + Associates, a Baltimore-based architecture, interior design and planning firm. Pogliani, who has a master’s degree in architecture and 10 years of design experience in housing and sustainability, will focus on the firm’s housing projects.


Walesia Lynn Robinson Cates, a 16-year-old senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, won the annual Girls Gone Great Scholarship Essay Contest of WomanTalk Live. The contest called for young women to write about their overall vision for the future and how they are making a difference in the community today. Cates is a volunteer for the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Walk for the Homeless, American Red Cross, SHARE Food Network, and Adopt-a-Road. She operates blood glucose testing booths at county fairs and visits hospital patients. Cates is a co-founder and president of Sisters CARE (Sisters in Community Action Restoring Excellence), a nonprofit that focuses on self-esteem issues for girls and women aged 10-25. Ann Quasman, host of Woman Talk Live on WCBM radio, created the contest, which provides a $2,000 scholarship.

The Armed Services YMCA honored military men and women who administer medical treatment to our troops on the front lines at the recent 5th annual Angels of the Battlefield Gala in Washington, D.C. Sgt. Antoine A. King, of Elkton, accepted an award on behalf of all U.S. Army National Guard medics. King has served more than 14 years in the military, including three deployments.

Montgomery County Police Officer Michael J. Phillips received the Germantown District Commander’s Recognition Award and Commander’s Coin on April 6 for his dedication and service. Phillips is a member of the Germantown Special Assignment Team and of the Decentralized SWAT team. In addition to his regular police duties, the former Navy officer teaches a two-hour tactical block for all department sergeants and team leaders.


Severn Savings Bank recently named three people to new positions: Karen Queen has joined the residential lending team; she has worked in the real estate and mortgage business for more than 25 years. Leslie Matthias has been named manager of the Glen Burnie branch; she previously was assistant branch manager. Cliff Woodward has joined Severn Savings Bank as commercial relationship manager; he previously worked at Sandy Spring Bank, and has experience in business development and commercial lending.

Matt Martin has been appointed to the market leadership team of PNC as retail market manager for Greater Maryland. He will oversee the daily management and operations of the bank’s regional branch retail network. Before this promotion, Martin served as PNC regional manager in Baltimore. He began his career with PNC in 2000.


ADG Creative, of Columbia, has added five staff members: brand strategist Ken Joy, a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Art, has supervised creative teams on creative and strategic projects; copywriter Matt McDermott, who has 10 years of advertising experience, sits on the board of the American Advertising Federation’s Baltimore chapter. He has degrees in English and mass communications from Towson University and a master’s in teaching from Johns Hopkins University; project manager Anjeanette Agro, who has nearly 20 years of industry experience in the public and private sector, has a degree in fine arts in graphic design; graphic designer Kathryn Gruver has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master certificate in graphic, Web, and multimedia design from the Computer Career Institute at Johns Hopkins University; developer Robert North, who has a background in software engineering and development, design, coding, testing, debugging, and maintenance, is studying information technology and art at University of Maryland University College.


Derek J. Mostoller was recently named a senior associate at Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm. Mostoller is a structural engineer who is based in the firm’s Baltimore office. As a member of Gannett Fleming’s structural practice leadership team, he manages and designs highway structures, as well as vertical structures, including maintenance facilities, toll facilities, and wastewater facilities. Mostoller also performs structural inspections, calculates load ratings, reviews shop drawings, and prepares reports and repair and rehabilitation plans.


Maryland Institute College of Art, of Baltimore, has hired two staff members: Sara Benninghoff Warren is now director of corporate, foundation and government relations. Warren previously was director of development for Baltimore Clayworks. Before that, she was director of annual giving for Mount St. Mary’s University and worked as an independent consultant. Warren has a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mahnoor Ahmed is the new assistant director for diversity and intercultural development. She has worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration and as a financial aid counselor at McDaniel College in Westminster. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership – human resource development from Towson University.

Stevenson University has appointed music director, composer and educator Mark Lortz to develop a marching band before the football team begins its first season this fall. Lortz, who has arranged marching band music for high schools and colleges across the country, is the band and orchestra director for Westminster High School. He has taught music at McDaniel College and Carroll Community College. Lortz earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. He was the principal percussionist with the Dallas Brass, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.


Jessica Allen recently joined Stormwater Maintenance, of Hunt Valley, as a project manager. Allen will provide project management and stormwater-related engineering on new development projects. She will also be the technical lead on most inspection work and major repair projects. Allen previously worked at Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani. She has experience in water resources and geotechnical engineering, with an emphasis on stormwater management analysis and design, and has worked with drainage, erosion and sediment control for schools and higher education institutions, and for parks/recreation, highway and military projects.

Health Care

Suzanne Middleton, of Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, has been promoted to director of operations for Seton Medical Group. She will work with the primary care practice to secure National Committee for Quality Assurance Recognition and designation as Patient Centered Medical Homes. Before joining Seton Medical Group in 2007, Middleton was the practice manager for the Williams Group.

Dr. Janet Sunness, medical director of Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Richard E. Hoover Low Vision Rehabilitation Services and an expert on advanced dry age-related macular degeneration, has been awarded the Macula Society’s 2011 J. Donald M. Gass Medal. Dr. Sunness is an ophthalmologist whose clinical practice at GBMC focuses on low vision and on retinal and macular disease. Her findings as principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded study at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Wilmer Eye Institute have been instrumental in defining parameters for geographic atrophy clinical trials. Dr. Sunness did retinal and visual function fellowships at the Wilmer Institute, where she served as a faculty member for 20 years before joining GBMC.

Amber Bradford recently was named a director of communications by the Maryland Hospital Association. Before joining MHA, Bradford was a public relations senior account executive at gkv. Before that she was a public relations specialist at Carroll Hospital Center and an editor/reporter at the Harford Business Ledger and The Aegis. Bradford has a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University.

Dr. Richard Macko, director of the Maryland Exercise & Robotics Center of Excellence at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System and a professor of neurology, medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will receive the VA’s Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rehabilitation Research and Development on May 4 at a congressional reception. Macko leads an interdisciplinary research team at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in developing task-oriented exercise training that improves functional mobility by examining and tracking brain plasticity, even years after a disabling stroke.

Dr. Frank H. Morris has joined the Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. Dr. Morris received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Maryland Hospital and his fellowship in cardiology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Baltimore. He previously was in private practice at MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates in Towson.


Array Information Technology, of Greenbelt, recently added two executive team members: Richard (Rick) Perry will serve as vice president and general manager for civilian operations, and Jay Kalath will serve as vice president and general manager for national security operations and as chief technology officer. Perry has more than 35 years of experience, including 12 years experience as chief information officer of an $800 million company and service as the chief operating officer of a software company. He most recently was a general manager at Avaya Government Solutions and at Keane Federal Systems. Kalath previously was executive vice president at Astegic, and chief technology officer of Bart and Associates.


Shawn Flattery Brashears recently joined Kelly Marketing Services, the broker services division of KELLY, as director of business development and operations. Brashears will educate KELLY brokers on how to better use KELLY technology; she also will develop new relationships and business opportunities. She was previously a principal with Compensation Concepts, which merged with WorkforceTactix. Brashears has served as president of the Baltimore Association of Health Underwriters, on the board of the Maryland Association of Health Underwriters, and on the advisory board of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.


Michael A. Kijesky became vice president–research of Petroleum & Resources Corp. on April 1. Kijesky joined the Baltimore-based closed-end investment company in 2009 as a senior equity analyst with a focus on energy and basic materials stocks. Before then, he was a senior vice president/equity analyst with McHugh Associates. He has also been an equities analyst with Cutler & Co., a financial analyst with Air Products & Chemicals, and a process engineer with Rohm and Haas Co. Kijesky is a chartered financial analyst.

Long-Term Care

Suzy Dyer-Gear began serving March 21 as vice president of human resources of Carroll Lutheran Village, in Westminster. Dyer-Gear had been in private human resources consulting for the past 15 years; she coordinated the master’s program in human resources development for McDaniel College and has taught at Carroll Community College. In addition to overseeing human resources at the Village, she will oversee its education and training programs.


Elizabeth Yienger has been hired by Visit Baltimore as its regional director of sales for the Northeast. Yienger has 26 years of hotel and convention sales experience, most recently as director of national accounts for the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Earlier in her career she spent six years as the global account director for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, and two years as a consultant for ConferenceDirect.


Brett Kelly has been appointed vice president of AIRMALL Maryland, which operates retail concessions at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Kelly will oversee and direct AIRMALL’s retail operations at BWI. He previously was a vice president at General Growth Properties.


Barcoding Inc., of Baltimore, a provider of enterprise-wide mobility solutions, has hired three enterprise account managers: Dean Cohen has 25 years of experience supporting national accounts, specializing in enterprise mobility for the past eight years; most recently he was regional sales executive for the Southeast for InfoLogix. Brenda Roberts has almost 20 years of experience, including more than 15 years with Barcoding’s partner, Intermec Technologies, and most recently as an executive account manager with Sprint. Matthew Cunningham has worked for more than 15 years in business development and account management in the enterprise, supply chain and health care markets.

Mercy’s Polito receives award

Dr. Albert Polito, director of The Lung Center and chief, of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore, has won the Mildred Mindell Foundation’s 2011 Humanitarian Award. To honor Dr. Polito and benefit Mercy, on May 22 the Mindell Foundation will host A Tasting at the Station at Green Spring Station in Lutherville, with all proceeds going toward advanced diagnostic methods and treatments for lung disorders. Before joining Mercy in 2005, Dr. Polito worked at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center. He was an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and remains on the Hopkins faculty. Dr. Polito is the Maryland governor for the American College of Chest Physicians.

Albert J. Polito, M.D.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University for medical school.

Resides in: Fell’s Point (for the past 18 years!)

Daily commute: 10 minutes door-to-door from home to Mercy.

Most recent vacation: Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, with my wife and two daughters last month.

Hobbies: Cooking, playing piano, reading.

Favorite book: “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White.

Most recently read: “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen.

Favorite food: Pasta! Favorite quotation: From Aesop’s fable of “The Lion and the Mouse”” “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”